many thanks for all of the kind inquiries and well wishes to those of us who were in the path of hurricane irene this weekend. being nearer to the pennsylvania border than the atlantic coast of new jersey, LHJ and i were only on the edge of the storm and completely safe from flooding; unfortunately, we have found ourselves in the wide band of folks whose electrical service went out saturday night and is not yet back on. i realize this is NOTHING compared to what others have suffered both in this occasion and during other disasters, and thus i'm trying not to whine toooooo much, but let me just say that when our power is finally restored there will be no one in the USA more appreciative of their electricity and (especially) their running water!!!
until then i am on limited blogging, emailing and commenting service (i need to physically take my laptop to my mom's house or other "civilized" location!) so please bear with me!